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I have recommended it’s use several times.
In my experience, a wine can be, in some respects what you wish it to be.
If you just pull the cork and pour; that is one iteration
Open and pour into a decanter and leave for a few hours, a different experience.
Open and pour through an Aerator into a decanter and taste when you like, another realisation.
I drink lots of different CdR’s.
From the Mas du Libian (cellared '13-'16) inclusive, never fails to impress. 2016 £10.68 per bottle.
Guigal CdR A NO brainer!!
Coudoulet de Beaucastel CdR The N7 road separates the Coudoulet vineyard from the Beaucastel vineyard. The same terroir, made the same way as the Grand Vin, BUT at one third of the price. I have drunk a swimming pool full of this wine, the 1989/1990 vintages were wonders to behold! The run of 2015 - 2017 should run those wines close!! The 2014 vintage costed me £12 per bottle, the 2016 GREAT CH9dP vintage, an unshabby £17!
Clos du Caillou CdR Reserve A CH9dP except for a moronic decision in 1923? when the family spat their dummy out regarding the registration of this plot to be included in the newly formed CH9dP AOC. And so it has been a plain old CdR since! My 2015 costed me £19.47 per bottle, so not cheap! But for that money, I got a CH9dP from Clos du Caillou, by any other name!
We are so fortunate to have access to such a range of great CdR’s, Chapeau Marcel!
But if I documented here the great Gigondas wines that I bought from 2016, you would cry!! And you do NOT have to empty your piggy banks to jump on this train. I really like the Cazaux property’s Gigondas Sarrasine. The 2013 was utterly fantastic on it’s day. The 2016 was £15 per bottle, remember a great Southern Rhone vintage.
And for those sobbing into your hankies for opportunities missed , FEAR NOT!!
2019 has been a very good vintage in Southern Rhone. There is an upside to Global Warming. Next January, I am sure we will be presented with a list of goodies that wine merchants across the land would love to be able to offer. But only us, the Wine Society members will have access, so think about a strategy now, formulate a plan to suit your pocket.
Off the 2018 Rhone EP offer, Candives was £47 per 6 bottle case, Sarrasine a laughable £60 and the Gigondas Pallieres Racines (maybe their BEST EVER wine) was £105. You do not have to spend big money to enjoy what is superb value.
My advice, “fill yer boots,” but I would say that, wouldn’t I!!